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Turkey Khichri (Kedgeree)

Turkey Khichri (Kedgeree)

Kedgeree may be known as a well-loved and hearty British breakfast dish but its origins are in fact from Indian cooking where it is referred to as khichri (in Hindi). It was during the British Raj period that it was adopted by the British and altered for their tastes in India and then again amended when brought back across to the British Isles. 

Originally, the dish consisted of a mixture of rice, lentils, spice and was always topped with shredded fried onions. One of the oldest references to the dish was recorded by the scholar and explorer Ibn Batuta in AD 1340 in which he writes: ‘’The munj {moon or mung bean} is boiled with rice and then buttered and eaten. This is what they call kishri, and on this dish they breakfast every day.’’

As it grew in popularity with the British in the 19th century, additions of smoked fish i.e kippers came about. However, as new iterations were developed in Britain, especially during the Victorian period, less spices were used, opting for more herbs like parsley or marjoram. 

Fast forward to the kedgeree we love to eat now and we can see it has returned to its Indian roots using spices like turmeric to colour the rice a pale yellow, slices of green chilli for heat and those deliciously fragrant and sweet fried onions on top – an incredible garnish that finishes off the dish perfectly. 

What makes this recipe so versatile is that it really isn’t just limited to being a breakfast dish and it’s not just a dish that needs to be cooked with smoked fish or eggs or even meat for that matter. It’s filling without sitting too heavy, and as intended in the subcontinent, a very humble dish that is perfect to break your fasts with. With Christmas around the corner, we have put together a simple recipe that allows you to use all your leftover protein from Christmas Day and serve up a delicious Boxing Day brunch that not only fills the bellies of your guests but also reduces your carbon footprint, ensuring that the turkey and sausages from your Christmas Day lunch will not go to waste. 

Happy cooking!

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Hyderabadi Haleem

Course: Breakfast
Complexity: Intermediate
Preparation Time: 10 – 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 40 – 45minutes
Serves: 4 to 6

Ingredients:

3 large onions sliced   

1 tbsp grated garlic 

1 tbsp grated ginger

2 tbsp medium curry powder 

Dry whole spices (2 cardamoms, 2 cloves, 1 bay leaf and 1 inch of cinnamon)

2 green chillies, cut into halves 

Pinch of saffron 

1 tbsp salt or to taste 

Ingredients:

1 ½ cup red lentils 

1 ½ cup basmati rice  

2 cups of leftover cooked turkey meat 

1 cup of leftover cooked sausages, chopped

2 tbsp raisins and sultanas – soaked and strained 

2 tbsp ghee or clarified butter 

2 tbsp rapeseed oil 

700ml of homemade stock (recipe below) or chicken stock

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6
  2. Wash and soak rice and lentils for 30 minutes then drain and set aside 
  3. Heat the oil and 1 tbsp of butter in an ovenproof, lidded saucepan over medium heat.
  4. Add dry whole spices and fry for a minute until it’s fragrant. 
  5. Fry onions until golden brown and retain one-third of it on a kitchen cloth for garnish. 
  6. Add the garlic, ginger, curry powder and salt and fry for another minute. 
  7. Pour 100ml of water/stock and saffron and cook for another 4 to 5 minutes to make the masala. 
  8. Add the turkey and sausage meat and cook for a couple of minutes, before adding the rice and lentils and mix. Keep stirring and continue to cook on medium-high heat for another 4 to 5 minutes.
  9. Pour the remainder of the stock and transfer the pan to the oven, cook for 20 minutes. 
  10. Check the khichri and then add green chilli, raisins and sultanas. Drizzle ghee on the top and garnish with the previously retained fried onions. Then place back into the oven to cook for another 10 minutes. 
Homemade stock

Ingredients:

  1. 2 cups of vegetable peelings
  2. (such as – broccoli and cauliflower stalks, Carrot and parsnip peelings, onion and garlic outer skin) 
  3. 700-800g leftover turkey carcass chopped  
  4. 1 tsp cumin seed 
  5. 1 tsp black peppercorns
  6. 1 tbsp sea salt 
  7. 1 and a half litres of water or as needed

Method:

  1. Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Toast cumin and pepper for a minute, and then add vegetable trimmings. Cook until it’s slightly soft and brown. 
  2. Add turkey carcass and salt and cook for another 5 to 7 minutes. 
  3. Add water, bring to a boil, and then simmer for 30 to 40 minutes. 
  4. Strain stock through a sieve and discard vegetables. There should be more than a pint of stock left. 

Memsahib Bombay Presidency Punch

 

If a man comes into a victualing house to drink punch, he may demand one quart of good Goa Arak, half a pound of sugar and half a pint of good lime water; and make his own punch. If the bowl is not marked with the clerk of the market seal, then the bowl may be freely broken without paying anything either for the bowl or punch. 

Order book of the Bombay Government, August 13, 1694

The Bombay Presidency Punch owes its name to General Sir John Gayer, who penned the recipe in 1694. Gayer was the East India Company’s governor of the “Bombay Presidency” – as the trading company’s possessions in that part of India were called. 

The punch was later discovered by sailors and merchants who travelled to the area looking to open up trade routes for gold and nutmeg. They mixed the locally produced spirit with citrus, sugar, and spices to create “punch” (the name might be derived from the Hindi word paantsch, which means “five” – the number of ingredients in a typical punch of that time).

Bombay Presidency Punch

with bay leaf and cinnamon reduction 

Course: Beverage 

Complexity: Easy but Challenging in parts 

Preparation Time 15 to 20  minutes 

Cooking Time:30 to 40 minutes 

Serves:6 to 10

Ingredients

  1. 2 to 3 fresh or dry bay leaf 
  2. 2 inches of cinnamon sticks 
  3. 100-gram Jaggery/Brown Sugar 
  4. ½ Lemon zest
  5. 100 ml of water 

Method

  1. 2 to 3 fresh or dry bay leaf 
  2. 2 inches of cinnamon sticks 
  3. 100-gram Jaggery/Brown Sugar 
  4. ½ Lemon zest
  5. 100 ml of water 

To Make punch Ingredients:

Ingredients

  1. 400 to 500 ml of Palm Arrack/good Rum 
  2. 125 gram of Jaggery/light brown sugar  
  3. 6 lime juice 
  4. 1 Nutmeg 
  5. A few rose petal
  6. 2 scoop Lemon/Mango Sorbet 
  7. 2 cups of water and 2 cups of ice
  8. 100 ml of Cinnamon and Bay leaf reduction (rest preserved for later use) 

Method:

  1. Break up jaggery and put into a punch bowl. 
  2. Cut the limes into 4 and muddle together until all the jaggery has dissolved. 
  3. Add Arrack and stir, add water and mix it well. 
  4. Add cinnamon and bay leaf reduction and mix it well.
  5. Now add ice and garnish with grated nutmeg then add sorbet and rose petal.

Ingredients for garnishing punch cups: 

  1. 2 to 3 cubes of Ice
  2. Couple of mint leaves
  3. 1 Kaffir Lime leaf 
  4. 1 cube of Turkish delight
  5. Teaspoon full of Pomegranate
  6. 1 fresh/dry Bay Leaf

Put all the ingredients in a punch cup or highball glass accordingly and the present it with the punch bowl.